SpaceX will launch its third re-flown Falcon 9 rocket Wednesday, carrying the EchoStar-105/SES-11 communications satellite into geosynchronous transfer orbit for SES and EchoStar. Liftoff, from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center will take place during a two-hour window opening at 18:53 Eastern Time (22:53 UTC).
Flying less than sixty hours after another Falcon 9 lifted off from California’s Vandenberg Air Force Base and successfully deployed ten Iridium-NEXT communications satellites, Wednesday’s mission will see Falcon carry the SES-11 communications satellite to geosynchronous transfer orbit for SES of Luxembourg.
The spacecraft will be operated by SES in conjunction with US telecoms company EchoStar, as EchoStar-105/SES-11.
SES-11 is the second satellite that SpaceX has launched for SES this year, and the fourth overall. Wednesday’s launch follows March’s successful deployment of SES-10, and earlier missions in 2013 and 2016 which deployed the SES-8 and SES-9 satellites.
SES-8 was the first geostationary satellite to be launched by SpaceX, while March’s SES-10 launch was the first to make use of a “flight-proven” first stage – one which had been recovered following a previous launch.
In the case of March’s launch, the first stage had boosted a Dragon mission to the International Space ...